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Dog Lovers Book Club - November 2019

If you can't bear the idea of a Christmas tree without books under it, you're in luck with a host of new releases and pawsome gift ideas for dog lovers of all ages.

We hope you'll enjoy browsing this super-sized edition of our Dog Lovers Book Club !

by Laura Greaves

A miracle is described as an extraordinary event not explicable by natural or scientific laws. Award-winning journalist and author Laura Greaves has found and documented these miracles from around the world in Miracle Mutts, a collection of fifteen heart-warming stories of dogs who have survived - and thrived - against all odds.

Dogs are known for their generous hearts, energy and grit. In times of hardship when hope is lost, it’s the underdogs of the world who have the most to teach us. Some of these dogs include:

Fergus: a Golden Retriever abused and burned only to be rescued and working as a therapy dog for burn survivors.
Jake: a Pit Bull puppy saved from a fire by his firefighter neighbour, and now an honorary fire department mascot.
Guy: a Beagle found malnourished and alone in a forest only to be adopted by Meghan Markle.
Maggie: shot 17 times on the streets of Beirut and blinded, is now providing support to stressed-out students and aged-care residents in the United Kingdom.
Kalu: a brave and strong spirited dog who lost her puppies and three of her legs in a farming accident.
Millie: a disabled Greyhound who became Australia’s first bionic dog.

Miracle Mutts demonstrates the power of compassion and the incredible spirits of dogs in the face of adversity. You’ll find impossible survival stories, humans and animals with hearts of gold, and recovery from unimaginable cruelty. As you turn the last page, you’ll find yourself believing in miracles. A brilliant Christmas gift for any dog lover!

Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia, Imprint: Bantam, 5th November 2019

Price: $27.35 at

by Peter Sharp
The incredible stories and photos of 40 dogs who have been lost and then found thanks to Sydney Dogs and Cats Home 
Sydney Dogs & Cats Home is unique in its ability and commitment to find that 'one in a million' owner for animals in their care, as well as that 'one in a million' pet for people looking to adopt. 

In Lost But Found, you will meet forty special dogs who have spent time at the Home. Their stories reveal how the dogs came to be lost, how and why they were in the shelter, and the love and care they received while there and in their new forever homes. 

Fully illustrated and with both before - and after - adoption photography from award-winning pet photographer Peter Sharp of Tame & Wild Studio, this touching collection of precious pups will warm the hearts of animal lovers near and far.

Sydney Dogs and Cats Home is Sydney's only charity pound and community facility. The Home, has been taking care of Sydney's lost, abandoned and neglected pets since 1946. Today they open their doors to 3,000 pets each year, servicing multiple council areas across Sydney. 

Paperback, 216 pages
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia, 29th October 2019

RRP: $24.99 at

All royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to Sydney Dogs & Cats Home.

by Lise Hansen

A complete and comprehensive guide to 21st century health care for cats and dogs.

A comprehensive text that is highly relevant (even indispensable) to every dog and cat carer. Bursting with up-to-date information on all important areas of animal health, the information in this book will help maintain good health, or offer help during an illness. 

Veterinary surgeon Lise Hansen brings animal healthcare into the 21st century.

✔️ Current advice on four essential areas of health care: diet, vaccination, parasite control and neutering ✔️ Does your pet need regular vaccine boosters? ✔️ What is the best diet for your cat or dog? ✔️ Are allergies curable in animals? ✔️ Full of practical advice on how you can best support your animal – in sickness and in health. 

The one book that no dog or cat lover should be without!

Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd, Imprint: Hubble and Hattie, November 2019

Price: $40.90 at

The Book Your Dog Needs You To Read
by Shay Kelly

If your dog could choose a book for you to read it would surely be this one. Behaviourist, Shay Kelly shows you how to become your dog’s best friend by providing simple, fun activities to spark their mind and enrich their life. A lack of mental stimulation is a leading contributory factor in dog behavioural problems. 

Ensuring that our dog's needs are met is the first step in avoiding and rectifying problematic behaviour. 

Shay's Buddhist values and behaviour knowledge combine to deliver practical, kind, and scientific advice.
This is a book about giving your dog an interesting and enjoyable life. Isn’t that the very least they deserve?

Paperback, 97 pages
Independently published, 21st August 2019

RRP: $25.00 from

by Vincent J. Musi (Photographer)

As a National Geographic photographer, taking pictures of lions, tigers, and bears was a regular day's work for Vincent Musi, but in 2017 he gave himself a new challenge: dogs. Using the same lighting and photographic techniques he uses for his National Geographic photography, Musi spent a year shooting portraits of dogs. 

From a farting Bulldog to a Labrador that likes opera, he chronicled the character and personality of everyday dogs. The result was a wildly successful Instagram account. 

The Year of the Dogs features 75 dogs from this series of exquisite photos with close-ups, profiles, and full body shots along with a narrative about each dog. 

Presented in an elegant package that properly showcases the vitality of Musi's photos, The Year of the Dogs will be a go-to gift book for dog lovers this holiday season. 

Hardcover, 300 pages
Publisher: Chronicle Books, 17th September 2019

Price: $45.75 at   


Young Readers Edition
by Cat Warren, illustrated by Patricia J. Wynne

In this young readers edition of the New York Times bestseller, Cat Warren and her canine companion, Solo, teach readers that the nose knows no bounds when it comes to working together, being persistent, and helping others.

Solo has a fine nose and knows how to use it, but he’s only one of many thousands of scent-detection dogs all over the United States. That’s a group that includes cadaver dogs, tracking, trailing, and apprehension dogs; dogs that can locate unmarked graves of Civil War soldiers; and even dogs that can find drowning victims more than two hundred feet below the surface of a lake.

All these dogs love to use their noses. They think their job is simply the best, most interesting game they’ve ever played! What good working dogs can do may seem magical or mysterious, but What the Dog Knows shows the science, the rigorous training, and the skilled handling that underlie these amazing abilities.

Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 8th October 2019
For Ages: 9 - 11 years old

Price: $29.25 at

by Australian Geographic, illustrated by Ana Mikulic

Australia is filled to the brim with awesome dogs. From our Kelpies to our Collies, our Shepherds to our Terriers - every dog that calls Australia home is excellent. 

There are some dogs though, that when given the chance, are at the head of the pack. They have a special quality about them. They are legendarily loyal, the kind of dog who'll stick by you no matter what. They are beautifully brave, willing to face danger for the sake of someone else.

They've gone on an astounding adve
nture, leaving the backyard behind for some kind of caper. They're a kind of superhero, responsible for rescuing someone in danger. They may have stood shoulder-to-knee with our soldiers in battles, or walked beside someone who needed a helping paw. In this book you'll meet just some of the awesome dogs that call Australia home.

Hardcover, 32 pages
Publisher: Australian Geographic Pty Ltd, 1st October 2019

RRP: $16.95. Available in all good bookstores or online at

no ordinary war dog
by Nigel Allsopp, illustrated by Danielle Winicki

In March 1944, deep in the jungle New Guinea, a little Yorkshire Terrier was found in a fox hole. Based on the best-selling Smoky the War Dog, Nigel has brought the remarkable story of Smoky to the younger generations. 

Based on true events during WWII, follow Smoky and Bill as they endure the front line of Papua New Guinea and Smoky becomes recognised as the first Military Therapy Dog.

Hardcover, 32 pages
Publisher: New Holland Publishers, 11th October 2019

For Ages: 6 - 7 years old

RRP: $17.99 at 

by Asia Upward

A heartwarming story of a young dog that is trying desperately to befriend the sheep that have just joined the Orchard family.

Lovable Lottie and the Shy Sheep has something for everyone, with beautifully photographed scenes and an endearing cast of animals. Can you find the three shy sheep in each photo? Daphne and Dolly are very shy, but Dolores is the trickiest one to spot! Great detectives will also find a naughty fox who pops up in each scene.

This is a book for the whole family to enjoy. ‘Asia will donate 20% of the profits from this book to Rural Aid’ (for Australian farmers).

Hardcover, 32 pages
Publisher: New Holland Publishers, 1st October 2019
For Ages: 3+ years old

RRP: $19.99 at from all good bookstores and online at

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